Easy Fall Recipes and Comfort Foods!!

HELLOOO FRIENDS! WELCOME BACK TO MY BLOG! Its finally time for fall, and winter is coming. So what better thing to do than eat fall foods, and relax?

  • Fettucine with sausage and Kale.

    Ingredients
    • 1 pound fettuccine
    • 1 pound spicy italian sausage, removed from casing
    • 1/2 cup heavy cream
    • 1 large bunch kale, trimmed and coarsely chopped
    • 1/2 cup grated parmesan
    Preparation

    In large pot of boiling, salted water, cook pasta until al dente; drain. In large skillet, cook sausage over medium-low until browned, about 7 minutes. Add 1/2 cup water and cream; simmer until reduced by half, about 7 minutes. Add kale; toss until wilted. Remove from heat; toss with pasta. Sprinkle with parmesan.

    2. Pumpkin Quesadillas

    Ingredients
    • 2 cups canned pure pumpkin puree
    • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
    • 8 8 inches flour tortillas
    • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
    • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
    • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
    Preparation

    In bowl, stir pumpkin and cumin; season. Spread over 4 tortillas. Sprinkle with cheese and nuts. Top with remaining tortillas. In large skillet, heat 1 tbsp. oil over medium-low. Cook quesadillas 1 at a time, turning once and adding more oil between batches, until browned, 3 minutes. Cut into wedges.

    3. Carrot and Apple Salad

    Ingredients
    • 2 tablespoons honey
    • 2 tablespoons walnut oil or EVOO
    • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
    • 1 green apple, cored and thinly sliced
    • 2 carrots, peeled and cut into coins
    • 1/2 cup walnut pieces, toasted
    Preparation

    In large bowl, whisk honey, oil and lemon juice; season. Toss apple and carrots with dressing. Sprinkle with nuts

    4. Spicy Creamed Corn.

    Ingredients
    • 1 16 ounce bag frozen corn
    • 1 jalapeno, minced
    • 1 shallot, minced
    • 4 tablespoons butter
    • 3/4 cup heavy cream
    Preparation

    Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Roast corn in pan, stirring, 25 minutes. Cook jalapeño and shallot in butter over medium, 3 minutes. Add cream and corn; cook, 3 minutes. Season.

     

    COZY FALL COMFORT FOODS!🍭🍕

    -Mashed Potatoes.   

    INGREDIENTS

    3 ½ lb(s) russet potatoes

    2 Tbsp kosher salt

    2 cups (16 fl oz) half-and-half

    6 cloves garlic, crushed

    6 oz grated Parmesan

    DIRECTIONS

    1. Peel and dice potatoes, making sure all are relatively the same size. Place in a large saucepan, add the salt, and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and then reduce heat to maintain a rolling boil. Cook until potatoes fall apart when poked with a fork.

    2. Heat the half-and-half and the garlic in a medium saucepan over medium heat until simmering. Remove from heat and set aside.

    3. Remove the potatoes from the heat and drain off the water. Mash and add the garlic-cream mixture and Parmesan; stir to combine. Let stand for 5 minutes so that mixture thickens and then serve.

    -Meatballs and Spaghetti

    INGREDIENTS
    DIRECTIONS
    1. Place sauce in a large saucepan and simmer over medium heat.
    2. In large bowl mix beef, eggs, crumbs, parsley, garlic, salt and Parmesan.
    3. Shape into 18 meatballs.
    4. Place meatballs in simmering sauce.
    5. When sauce returns to a simmer, cover and cook 30-35 minutes (or more!) till cooked through.
    6. Serve sauce and meatballs over warm spaghetti.

    -Healthy Grilled Cheese.

    Ingredients
    • 1 tsp Extra-virgin olive oil
    • 4 Slices Gluten free whole grain bread
    • 2 Oz Parmesan cheese sliced
    • 1/4 Cup Canned pumpkin puree
    • 2 Tbsp Garlic Herb Sabra Spreads
    • Spinach
    Instructions
    1. In a large pan, heat the olive oil on medium heat.
    2. Divide the cheese between 2 of the slices of bread.
    3. In a small bowl, stir together the pumpkin and Sabra spreads. Divide between the two cheese-covered slices of bread and gently spread out evenly. Top with as much as spinach as you’d like, and cover with the other slice of bread, gently pressing it down to adhere it to the hummus/pumpkin combo.
    4. Place the sandwiches into the heated pan, cover with a tight-fitting lid, and cook until toasty and golden brown and the cheese begins to melt, about 2-3 minutes. Watch closely so they don’t burn!
    5. Use a spatula to carefully flip each sandwich over and cook until the alternate side is crunchy and golden.
    6. DEVOUR!

    -Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

    Ingredients:
    1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    1/4 cup whole wheat flour
    1/4 tsp baking powder
    1/4 tsp cinnamon
    1/8 tsp each nutmeg, all-spice & ginger
    Pinch of sea salt
    1/4 cup pure pumpkin purée
    1 Tbsp maple syrup
    1 cup almond milk
    1-3 Tbsp vegan butter for cooking
    Directions:
    1. Heat a non-stick pan to medium/medium-low and pre-heat oven to 200°F. You’ll place the pancakes on a baking sheet or plate in the oven to keep them warm while you cook.
    2. In a mixing bowl combine the flours, spices, baking powder and sea salt together with a fork. Add pumpkin purée, maple syrup and almond milk, and whisk together until well combined.
    3. Use a 1/4 cup for each pancake. Lightly butter the pan with some vegan butter. Scoop batter into the centre of the pan. Once it starts to bubble all around and the edges of the pancake are slightly cooked through, that’s when you flip it. It’s approximately 2 minutes per side. Be sure to adjust your burner temperature as you go as the pan will get really hot half way through.
    4. Serve with more vegan butter and real maple syrup.

    -Vegan Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

    Ingredients:
    1 Tbsp ground flax
    3 Tbsp water
    1 1/2 cups spelt flour (or whole wheat flour)
    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 tsp baking powder
    1/2 tsp sea salt
    1/4 tsp cinnamon
    2 ripe bananas
    2 tsp vanilla extract
    1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
    3/4 cup coconut sugar
    1/3 cup non-dairy milk
    1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips
    1/2 tsp coconut sugar, for topping (optional)
    Directions:
    1. Pre-heat your oven to 375°F.
    2. Whisk together ground flax and water. Let it sit in the fridge for 15 minutes to thicken.
    3. Meanwhile in a large mixing bowl, combine flours, baking powder, sea salt and cinnamon. Stir with a fork until well combined.
    4. In a separate mixing bowl mash the ripe bananas to a puree. Then add in vanilla extract, melted coconut oil, non-dairy milk, coconut sugar, and the thickened flax mixture. Stir together until well combined.
    5. Add the wet mixture to the bowl of dry ingredients and gently fold together until just combined, careful not to over mix. Fold in the chocolate chips.
    6. Transfer the mixture to an 8 x 4″ bread pan greased with a small pea size amount of coconut oil. Sprinkle 1/2 tsp coconut sugar on the top (optional).
    7. Bake at 375°F for 50-55 mins. Stick a long skewer or toothpick in the centre to check if it’s done. It should come out relatively clean. Allow the banana bread to cool out of the pan on a rack before cutting into slices or wrapping.

    THANKS FOR READING! RELAX AND ENJOY❤️

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Travelling Guide Series

Hey guys! This is another post in the travelling guide series.

 

What to eat? 

Breakfast:

  • Family-run cafe
  • Small portions
  • Sitting down
  • Taking your time
  • Healthy
  • Drink lots of water
  • Oatmeal
  • Granola

Lunch: 

  • Buy food from farmers markets
  • Picnic
  • Granola Bars(small snacks)
  • Salad
  • Wraps

Dinner:

  • Pack your own meal
  • Cute, small restaurant
  • Pizza, Burritos
  • Pasta, sandwiches, baguettes

Snacks:

  • Veggies and Dip
  • Bean salad
  • Banana chips, nuts, nut mix
  • Fruit
  • Hummus and crackers

 

-Peace out!

 

Travelling Guide Series

Where to go? Europe?

I personally love traveling, and especially in Europe. The lifestyle, the people, the food, and the environment, add to the beauty of Europe.

Where should you go in Europe?

  1. ITALY!!! More specifically Rome. I have not gone but have been dreaming to go. With the food, the art, the culture, and the architecture, who wouldn’t want to go?
  2. Portugal(Where I went this summer). First of all, if you are a photographer, the pictures you can take there are limitless! The scenery offers a wonderful destination for travelers. The cities, villages, and beaches are just a few of the wonderful things Portugal has to offer.
  3. PARIS, FRANCE! Yes, everyone knows that Paris is a place that you MUST visit within your lifetime. But something most people don’t know is that after you have visited Paris, the big city, with the big crowds you should go and explore the small villages. The small towns, and fewer crowds, and cute little restaurants offer much more than what the big cities can ever offer.
  4. Another great destination is GREECE! Another destination that I have always wanted to go to. When I imagine Greece, I picture islands, beaches, and summer! How can anybody not want that? The wonderful ancient cities, beaches, ancient ruins. blue skies and the majestic landscapes are things you cannot miss.

-Thanks for reading!

Travel Diary of Turkey and Travelling Guide Series

Hey, guys, so long story short, during my time in Istanbul(where I saw my cousins and aunts) I was sick. I got some sort of infection, and it affected me the entire 5 days. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to get the most out my trip there because of my sickness. But when I went to Antalya(to see my grandparents) I was better. And was able to swim, and enjoy. We stayed there for 7 nights, and it was hot the ENTIRE TIME! I am usually used to Antalya being hot since Turkey is on average a hot country. But every day was 45 degrees or more and had over 95% humidity. But who am I to complain when I live in Canada?

So here is the start of my Travelling Guide Series. Comment other posts you guys would like.

How to pack lighter>>> Do you really need that??

First of all, why should you pack lighter? Well, it benefits you, your health and lets you enjoy your trip! You have less back pain, it’s easier to move around and drag around your luggage if your luggage gets lost you have less to replace. And if even these reasons aren’t enough, you will feel better overall and will be able to fully enjoy your surrounding and focus on your vacation, not your luggage.

  1. Only take what you need! Nobody can stress this enough, don’t make excuses saying you might need this, and that. “If in doubt, leave it out” You most likely will not! “
  2. Weigh your luggage.
  3. If you love reading(like me) and want to bring books, the best thing is to bring an e-reader. They can hold thousands of books and weigh light.
  4. Choose the right shoes; comfortable, depending on where you are going and what you are doing.
  5. On the plane, wear your loosest and heaviest clothes. This will keep you warm on the plane and save space in your luggage.
  6. Roll your clothing, socks, and stack them at the bottom. You should also pack your socks inside your shoes to save space.
  7. Don’t take all your toiletries. You can pick up toiletries and cosmetics at your destination
  8. Similar to the first point, pack by the outfit. What will you wear that with? This will help you eliminate pointless clothing articles that you won’t wear.
  9. Bring a smaller bag, this way you won’t over pack since you will have a limit.
  10. Swap larger items for smaller ones. Such as bringing a tablet instead of a computer. Or a comb instead of a hairbrush.

 

-Peace out!

 

Travel Diary Part 6 and 8

Hey, guys, its time for another travel diary post! Keep reading! Make sure to comment what other posts I should do.  Also, I realized I accidentally skipped Day 6, so here it is(whoops)!

Day 6.  8/12/17

Today I woke up at around 9:00 am, and then I wore my purple volleyball shirt, jean shorts, running shoes(have to be comfortable), and a choker.  Durning a trip, especially if you are exploring, a comfortable outfit is a must. After that, we had breakfast at a cute family-run cafe. We then walked along the river, crossed the bridge and went on a boat tour. The boat tour lasted 50 minutes, and we learned about the 7 bridges. Unfortunately, the sun was burning and I could barely concentrate to the woman speaking. Although it was hot, I still learned a lot. Since my entire family was suffering just like I was, we decided there was no use in pointlessly wondering around in the heat. So we returned back to the apartment to relax. After about two hours of doing math, homework and cooling down, we left the apartment once again. We walked around, explored and had dinner. I had the famous Portuguese burger, and it was DELICIOUS!(I now understand why it is so well known.) We then headed back to the apartment, and I looked over the photos I had taken so far. Porto was absolutely amazing! Not just the scenery, but the lifestyle and the people. I love Porto(except for the fact that it is hot)

Peace Porto! I wonder what Turkey will bring?

 

Day 8     8/14/17(Last full day in Barcelona)

Today I woke up at 9:04(yes I know, exact). I got ready as soon as I could since I was STARVING! Breakfast was wonderful as always, and this time we had it at our own apartment. We had cheese, croissants, tomatoes, olives, and butter/jam. I then did my math(noooo) and we then left the apartment. After that, we headed towards the bus stop, but unfortunately, the bus was late. We had to wait 20-30 minutes in the BURNING HOT SUN! After we got off the bus we went to a potato place. Yes, you read correctly… a POTATO PLACE! My very healthy mother was bringing us to a potato place? What forces in the universe shifted? Before we head out to the potato place we visited a smoothie shop. If you didn’t already know I  SMOOTHIES. After that, we tried and failed to find the potato place. It was very disappointing, but I got over it. (The universe went back to normal) Soon after, we walked to a shopping mall to look for a place to eat. But the shopping mall only had fast food places, and coming to Barcelona none of us wanted to eat at Burger King. Then we hopped on a bus and looked for a place to eat. Long story short, the rest of the day I took photos and explored more.
Thanks for visiting! Make sure to comment on what posts you would like to see!

-Peace out!

 

Travel Diary Part 7 and bonus✌️

Heyy! Today I will be telling you guys about my sixth day on my Europe trip, and a little bonus post at the end! Keep reading for more!

Day 7   8/12/17

Today I woke happily woke up from a great sleep and was ready for another big day. As soon as I woke, my parents rushed me to rapidly pack since we were leaving for Barcelona. Although I was quite sad on leaving Porto, Portugal I couldn’t wait to see what Barcelona would bring! At around 9:00 am, we then left the apartment(without our luggage) to go eat breakfast.  We then headed over to the same cafe we had had breakfast at yesterday. Unfortunately, the service was very exceptionally poor, and the family that runs the cafe had some personal issues going on. After a not very delightful breakfast, we headed back to our apartment to grab our suitcases and go to the airport. We arrived at the airplane terminal 30 short minutes later and ate after we passed security two hours later. We then loaded onto the plane and headed off to Barcelona, Spain! Arriving in Barcelona four hours later, we were all tired but pushed through. We took the metro to our condo and finally found it after a little adventure(off looking). After that long day, a nice hot meal was music to my ears, and I was overjoyed when that is what we did.

 

Hey guys, down below are a few of my ideas for future blog posts about travel. I am planning on calling them the “Travelling Guide Series” . Make sure to come check out my future posts!

  1. How to pack lightly
  2. Where to go
  3. What to eat
  4. How to dress
  5. How to fully enjoy your trip(how to get the most out of it)
  6. Where to go in Europe
  7. Differenced between North American lifestyle vs. European.
  8. My future? Europe?
  9. Shopping list
  10. How to save money
  11. QUIZ >>> What type of a traveller are you?>>>Country, Camping, Europe, City, Backpacking
  12. What to do on the plane>>>> Have trouble sleeping? Read? Watch? Stretch your legs?

That is it for today! Thank you for checking out my blog! More to come!

-Erinnnn

peace out✌️

Travel Diary Part 4 and 5

Hey guysss! Today we are doing Day 4 and Day 5

Day 4

Okay guys, sooo today was a VERY busy day and I might have forgotten to write stuff down.. teehee. So we are just going to skip this day.

Day 5

Today we leave for Lisbon :((I don’t want to leave, but at the same time I am SOOO excited for Porto). So we woke up at 9:00, and had breakfast at a cute little cafe. Then we went to the trains station and boarded the 3 hour train ride. On the train… I read, ate and slept! Yay I am productive(just kidding). I read the 1000th floor by @katharinemcgee . The book review is coming sooonnn!! I then bought a cute shirt and a choker once we arrived. After that, we headed over to the apartment to settle in. After we unpacked, we headed down to the river, ate and looked at shops and walked around. We then found out that there was a really old and famous bookstore nearby so we decided to go check it out. Unfortunately(knowing my luck..) the bookstore was closed for the day and we also needed tickets to go in. So we explored some more, and took TONS of pictures. Finally after a long day, we went back to the apartment at around 10 pm. The plan for tomorrow is going on a boat tour to visit the seven bridges in Porto, Portugal. We will also be tasting Porto’s famous wine(well I won’t be tasting it..) and looking at MORE shops! See you later!!!

 

 

-Erinnnn

Peace out✌️

Travel Diary Part 3

 

Hey guy its Erin! Enjoy Part 3 of my trip to Europe over the summer.

 

Day 3    8/8/17

Good morning! Today we are switching hotels, even though we are staying in the same area. Today I am wearing jean shorts, running shoes and a blue tank top. I am also bringing along the new bag I bought yesterday(from Pardon; an accessory shop in Europe). Today we had breakfast at this cute, local cafe where I had yogurt and granola with fruit. Then we had a 20 minute walk to find the so called ” worlds smallest bookstore”. Unfortunately it was closed, since the owner had moved. Then we headed back to the apartment to grab our things and go to the new hotel. On the way back… I almost got hit by a car…. TWICE! These drivers are CRAZZZYYY, just like in Turkey(Teeheee).Then at around 11:40 we left the apartment with our stuff and starting walking to the new hotel. The hotel turned out to be very close to where we were, and it was only a 10-15 minute walk. Then…. I forgot what happened…… whoops!!

 

-Byeeeeee

Travel Diary Part 2

Hey guys! This is my Day Two of my Europe trip(currently in Lisbon, Portugal).

Day 2 8/7/17

We are going to be starting off the day with breakfast! I wore a dress today, and my bikini under since we might go to the beach! Anyways, we had toast with cheese at this cute cafe and then headed to the beach. The train that took us to the beech was at 10:40 and we made it just in time! The cute little town we went to was perfect! The little shops, colourful houses, uneven roads and locals completed the view! Even though the water was FREEZING we had a lot of fun. (no… seriously it was SOOO cold) I also bought a very cute small floral bag from one of the shops(it cost 24 euros). Then, at about 6:00 pm we were all done and we headed back. When we arrived, we went back to the apartment to take a shower and change. After about two hours we finally headed out for a search for a place to have dinner. As we were looking, we stumbled upon this MAGNIFICENT view! The sunset, sky colours were gorgeous! And the cute colourful houses, the church and the little castle on the edge of the hill. After another 10 minted of walking around we found a nice one that was in an old church.  The wait was a little long, but it was definitely worth it. After dinner, we had chocolate mousse for dessert and went back to the apartment.(after walking around and exploring some more)We got ready for bed(I had to sleep on the uncomfortable springy bed) and we started packing(since we were switching hotels ). Then we went to bed at around 11 pm.

Good night!!!!

-Erin

Stay tuned for more

Travel Diary Part 1

Hey! Its Erin again, I will be retelling how my trip to Europe went this summer. Stay tuned for more!

Day 1:   This is the start of my travel diary for this trip. As a family we will spend four nights in Lisbon, Portugal, then four nights in Porto, Portugal. After that we will spend three nights in Barcelona. Then we will fly out to Istanbul, Turkey to visit my relatives for five nights. And lastly, we will fly out to Antalya, Turkey and spend seven nights there. I will be writing about my day-day adventures here in Europe; what I enjoyed, what I saw… Today after our flight from Toronto was delayed, we arrived in Portugal at 2:30 pm(Portugal time). We took the metro(which was surprisingly very clean) to our apartment/hotel room. The apartment was right in the middle of the cities heart. So the streets were always busy with tourists, locals, shops and street performers. Unfortunately when we finally located where our apartment was, it was locked; with no way to get in. We desperately tried to reach the sellers as we were getting fried in the hot sun. An hour later, after finally communicating with the sellers we entered our apartment. It was STUNNING! I loved it so much! Even though it was small, it was so modern and cute.  I immediately pictured myself living there in the future. The bedroom, and the cute white kitchen, the ENORMOUS washroom, and living room were each better then the one before! OH.. and did I mention the balcony? Overlooking the city, and the busy streets, the view was amazing. Later that day, we went out, had ice cream and looked around, exploring the city. I took THOUSANDS of pictures(NO exaggeration). The people, culture and the environment was so laid back,  and different from Toronto.  Everywhere was colourful, with banners and restaurants in the middle of the streets. We finally ended the day by buying our train ticket to Porto so we didn’t forget. 

I can’t wait to see what tomorrow bring!

-Erin

 

So, that was my day 1 in Portugal, stay tuned for more!

My favourite poems in Milk And Honey By: Rupi Kaur

Hey guys! First off, I would like to say that I absolutely LOVE this poet and this book. This is something every young woman should read, and we can all relate to and learn something from each poem. Overall, what I took from this book, is that people will only find happiness and love when they love themselves and are truly happy with who they are inside.

 

 

 

 

-“She was a rose,

in the hands of those

who had no intention

of keeping her

 

“perhaps the saddest of all

are those who live waiting

for someone they’re not

sure exists

 

If I could, I would include every single poem in this blog. This book has opened new doors for me, and made me look at some things in a different way. Every girl can relate to being heartbroken, wanting to give up sometimes, and feeling useless, but in the end we are all beautiful. And we are definitely WORTH IT.

rupi kaur |

@rupikaur_

 

-Erin

Books I want to read in September/October 2017

  1. Kings Cage By: Victoria Aveyard
  2. The hate you give By: Angie Thomas
  3. The memory of Flora Banks By: Emily Barr
  4. Windfall By: Jennifer E. Smith
  5. Ramona Blue By: Julie Murphy
  6. Words in deep blue By: Cath Crowley
  7. Genuine Fraud By: E. Lockhart
  8. Courts of Thorns and Roses Series
  9. The upside of unrequited By: Becky Albertalli
  10. History is all you left me By: Adam Silvera

 

Leave the books you want to read in the comments

– Erin

Peace out✌️